Protest at Manyani Maximum Prison after inmate dies

Protest at Manyani Maximum Prison after inmate dies
Manyani Maximum Prison. PHOTO | COURTESY

Inmates at the Manyani Maximum Prison in Taita Taveta County on Friday protested over the death of one of their colleagues who was ill passed on in what they termed as negligence.

A source who spoke to Citizen Digital on condition of anonymity said the deceased – identified as Stephen Mwangi Kabanzu – had been ill for a while before fellow inmates insisted to the wardens to take him to hospital.

Manyani Maximum Prison Commander in charge Bison Madegwa has since denied claims that the prisoner died within the facility insisting that succumbed to his illness while receiving treatment.

“I want to say this, the prisoner did not die in prison…he died at Moi Referral Hospital in Voi after he was taken in ill…he did not die at Manyani, those are just but rumors,” he said.

However, claims and concerns have been raised over the alleged mistreatment of inmates at the facility after the morning protest.

According to the prisoners, Kabanzu’s death could have been avoided had the situation been handled early enough.

The protests came a day after clinical officers joined the nurses and doctors on the ongoing industrial strike in Taita Taveta County public medical facilities.

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